Friday, May 25, 2018

Feature Friday at Concord and 9th - Bold and Brushy bundle

Hello friends,

I'm back today with another Concord and 9th Feature Friday instalment! Today we are focusing on the awesome new Bold and Brushy alphabet stamps, which come in upper case  and lower case, or if you want, they are also available as a bundle. You may know the older alpha stamp sets, Perfectly Penned, Sophisticated Script upper case and Sophisticated Script lower case (or the Sophisticated Script bundle) and if so, you know that they are special because they connect perfectly to create the look of hand lettering. The new Bold and Brushy lower case set works the same way! It's just a bolder font. Here are some cards I've made using these sets!

If you spend $60+ in the Concord and 9th store, you get a free gift every month. This month it's the adorable Tulip Label dies.

On this card I've used the upper case alphas combined with a die from the Tulip Label dies set. I cut five labels in colors that matched the background paper. I stamped the letters and frame with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I then played with different arrangements and finally settled on this one. For two of the squares I used foam adhesive to add some dimension and tucked some tangled thread under another. I embellished the card with matching enamel dots and some puffy stickers.

Then as I was working on these cards I remembered it was Father's Day the next day, which is always on a bank holiday here so everything was going to be closed...No chance to buy presents anymore...I'm so bad! So I decided to at least make a card so the kiddo can give it to his daddy. I used the background stamp from the upper case set to create a colorful background for my sentiment, which I stamped in black. Some ink splatter and enamels dots and done! I also stamped LOVE repeatedly on a grey envelope. I used the lower case set. I had to stamp each letter separately so they connect. If you were to use the upper case alpha, you could stamp the whole word at once. To finish it off I added some ink splatters.

Next I made another rainbow card. I can't help it, I love rainbows! So I stamped the letters in Hey There with different color inks. Then I die cut tulips in matching colors using the free tulip die. The background paper I chose comes from a 4x6 Studio Calico paper pad and since it was a little smaller on one side than what I needed, I needed a mat behind it. First I cut it down to 4x5.25". Then I created a 5.5x4.25" top folding card base and adhered a light aqua patterned paper onto the front. I used the pinked edge die from the Confetti Card dies set to create a yellow panel. I glued the stamped panel on this and added some stitching details in rainbow colors. Once done, I adhered these two layers onto the card front using foam adhesive. A few enamel dots and done!

I die cut the tulips 12 times in a grid pattern, from an A2 size white card stock. I then decided to cut it apart and create 2 cards from it. I die cut 12 tulips from patterned papers to add some color to the white panels. I stamped my sentiments  with Versamark ink using the upper case alpha set and heat embossed them. Then I put the cards together and embellished them with some pearls and Nuvo drops.

On my last card I used the lower case alphas. I just love this font! And they connect perfectly - even if that's not the case in "and"...That was my mistake. I didn't plan ahead and this way I would have had to stamp the D over the P so instead I decided to not connect those two letters at all...I used 4 different gray inks and alternated them with each letter. Once done, I trimmed off the sides of this paper and glued it on an A2 size patterned paper. I also added a sliver of pink card stock on either side of the white panel. I decorated this card with flowers which I die cut using the Just Because dies, some enamel dots, tiny flowers and splattered some black ink all around.

That's it for today guys! These sets are so versatile! I hope you'll give them a try!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!


Let's celebrate - DT layout for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi lovelies,

I'm back today with a new layout I've created for Fancy Pants. I've used the gorgeous The Bright Side collection on this one!

I picked a butterfly cut file I liked (one of the butterflies in the Butterfly Cluster cut file by Paige Taylor Evans) and cut it from different patterned papers and in different sizes. I then stitched 3-4 together, using my sewing machine. 

I also cut another cut file from textured white card stock (The Chicken Wire by The Cut Shoppe), then I started putting my layout together. I picked a blue striped paper from the Family&Co collection for my background. I love this paper!

I then adhered the Chicken Wire cut file to my background paper. I didn't put glue everyone on the cut file because I wanted to create a dimensional look. I arranged the butterflies the way I liked them, then glued them down. 

I layered some tissue paper, tags and die cuts behind both photos and placed them on the layout. For my journaling I used a journaling spot. To finish off my layout I added a chipboard title and a few chipboard hearts.

I hope you like how it turned out! I love dimension and layered hearts/butterflies/etc give so much texture to the layout too! I realise this style is not for everyone, but it is certainly my style!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Adventure - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there,

I'm back with a layout today that I've created for the Paige Evans + Silhouette design team.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock I'm sure by now you know that Paige has a Facebook group called Happy Scrappy Place! She posts a free cut file in this group every week, and on today's page I've used one of these. I can always use big titles!

I thought the big letters have enough space for photos, so I've added two behind the D and U. But first things first! I duplicated the cut file and from one I removed most of the inner pieces, only leaving the outline and a couple of other pieces that create the outline of certain letters, if that makes sense. (For instance the triangular shape between the D, V and T? You need to keep that cut line.)

I then cut this piece from textured white card stock. Now for the other cut file. I wanted to cut each letter from different patterned papers. This takes a bit of time and workaround. Since the letters are welded, theres no way to separate them properly. What I do in these cases (first of all create a lot of copies of the cut file I am working with, to make sure I have the same size letters), I erase everything around the shape, but keeping whatever I can that makes up the form, even if it's not a continuous line. It will still help me determine where I should cut with my scissors. So for instance, I would not have all the cut lines for the bottom and the right side of the A. I cut whatever is left of the A and remove the paper from the mat. Then I draw in the lines and cut them with scissors or a craft knife. It's not as complicated as it sounds I promise! Anyway, this is what I did with each letter. I've used the beautiful Oh My Heart collection for this layout by the way :).

Once I had all the letters, I added foam adhesive behind them and attached them to the white background piece. After I glued down the photos that is. I glued the whole title on my background paper. I love this paper and I don't think I've used it yet!

While this layout is about my boys, I felt the need to add flowers. They don't mind! They don't even look at my pages, so...I do what I want ha! Plus they are outdoors right?!

So I fussy cut out some flowers from a couple of patterned papers and created several clusters around the letters. I've tucked some behind the letters, and placed some on the letters, using different kinds of adhesives, to create interest and dimension.

A couple more embellies, chipboard, phrase stickers, Take Me Away clip, journaling, date and done!

I hope you like how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!


SUPPLIES: Oh My Heart collection: thickersPaper 05, Paper 12, Paper 13, Paper 17, Paper 22